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Debunking Senior Living Myths

By Senior Living

There are a lot of myths out there about senior living communities. And if your only experience with a community was from several decades ago, some myths may seem easy to believe. The truth is, society has changed its ideas about aging, and senior living communities have changed right along with it.

This post will dispel common senior living myths and give you a better idea of the reality: seniors choose to move to a community to enhance their lifestyle and give themselves more freedom to do what they want to do. For a sampling of retirement myths and the truth, CLICK HERE.

Coronavirus Update

By Uncategorized

After careful consideration for the health and safety of residents, employees, and family members, our community amended its visitor policy on Monday, March 16, and is restricting visitors from entering our community.

Please bookmark the LCS website for future updates and information regarding our community COVID-19 response and prevention measures already implemented, such as:

  • Educating all staff and residents in social distancing guidelines
  • Increasing the frequency and rigor of cleaning and disinfecting common community areas
  • Implementing temporary visitor restrictions, including deliveries
  • Canceling on-site large group social events and recreational activities
  • Reviewing and executing our emergency preparedness and response program
  • Asking residents and employees to reschedule travel plans and remain in our community
  • Deploying an updated visitor advisory for communities and to campus
  • Coordinating best practices across the broad, LCS partner network
  • Making the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 prevention resources and recommendations available to all employees

All future updates regarding the COVID-19 response, including visitor policies, social distancing guidelines, and prevention recommendations, can be found here. LCS has also opened a national hotline for information. Call 855-998-4934. For local information about our community, please use (843) 342-2222.

Coronavirus Update – March 15, 2020

By Senior Living, Uncategorized

Hello Bayshore Hilton Head community,

The health and safety of residents living in our community is our top priority, and we are closely monitoring the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVD-19). We understand that COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind, and we want to be communicative and transparent in the steps Bayshore Hilton Head is taking to prepare our community during this unprecedented event. Our team has been working tirelessly to prepare for possible scenarios related to COVID-19.

We’ve developed a series of precautionary steps that our community is implementing to help reduce everyone’s risk of COVID-19. Additionally, you can access updates at the following website.

Our community is:

  • Continuing to follow the guidance from both the CDC and local health authorities
  • Increasing the frequency and rigor of cleaning and sanitizing common community areas
  • Encouraging a temporary reduction in visitation and deliveries
  • Reducing on-site group social events and recreational activities
  • Reviewing our emergency preparedness and response program
  • Asking residents to communicate any travel plans
  • Coordinating best practices and across our large partner network
  • Making the CDC’s COVID-19 prevention resources and recommendations available to all residents

According to the CDC, many of our residents are at a higher risk for serious illness, and we’re providing all residents and their families with the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC and local health officials on the steps they can take to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

We are strongly encouraging all our residents to follow the CDC’s guidelines for individuals at higher risk, which includes:

  • Avoiding crowds and large social gatherings
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting personal spaces
  • Avoiding touching your face
  • Regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay in your residence if you are showing flu-like symptoms or are sick with respiratory illness, including fever, and coughing

These are simple yet important steps that we should all be taking to protect ourselves and our community.

Our teams are staying in communication with local health officials and will share regular updates on COVID-19. For more the most up to date information and personal health recommendations, please visit the websites below:

Updates from LCS: https://www.lcsnet.com/covid-19-update/

COVID-19 Prevention Recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html

COVID-19 Symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html

What To Do If You Think You Are Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

 

 

 

Coronavirus Update

By Uncategorized

The health, safety and well-being of our residents, employees and families is always a priority at our community. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news and in the minds of many, we want to address actions, which are taking place related to this concern.

Some of the actions we are addressing include:

  • Consistent updates and communication to those who live and work at the community.
  • Evidence-based precautions that align with guidelines provided by the CDC.
  • Reviewing emergency preparedness and response measures in the event that a virus impacts our community or the surrounding area.
  • Changes to our travel and visitation guidelines for all employees, partners and guests.

We are closely monitoring local, state and federal health agencies to ensure we can respond quickly and effectively to protect our community and mitigate risks of an outbreak.
We will continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to preserve the health and safety of our community.

If you have questions, concerns or need more information, please contact BayshoreHiltonHeadLIFE@BayshoreHiltonHead.com or (843) 342-2222.

Helpful Resources

Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

South Carolina State Health Department

Understanding Your Rights as a Caregiver

By Senior Living

In 2015, 43.5 million family members, friends and neighbors helped care for someone 50 or over, according to a study by the National Association for Caregiving and AARP. While caregivers for seniors receive many emotionally rewarding benefits, they may also experience occasional feelings of anger, frustration, exhaustion, loneliness or sadness. But if you don’t care for yourself, you won’t be able to take care of anyone else.

To learn how to spot caregiver stress and burnout in yourself, offer some self-care suggestions for caregivers, provide an empowering caregiver bill of rights, as well as go over your legal rights as a caregiver, CLICK HERE.

The Benefits of Continuing to Travel as a Senior

By Senior Living

As the saying goes, traveling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. And as a senior, you’ve earned your time to travel. The world’s a beautiful place, and we all should see as much of it as we can in our lifetime.

Best of all, there are many benefits of travel for seniors. Add it to the list, among proper diet and exercise, of keys to a long and healthy life. You may travel simply for enjoyment or the desire to do something different, but along the way, you’ll relieve day-to-day stress, meet new people, broaden your horizons, and improve your outlook on life in general.

To learn about the many benefits of traveling as a senior, CLICK HERE.

A Community of Individuals: 2020 Senior Living Trends

By Senior Living

Baby boomers are set to become some of the most educated, savvy and individualistic seniors the industry has seen. 2020 will see a popularity spike for products, services and even community locations that enable older adults to retain more control over their surroundings and daily activities. Technology will focus on preventing and monitoring health conditions in an attempt to avoid independence-impacting crises. And living spaces will be chosen and designed to create flexibility and facilitate choice. To learn about senior living trends to look out for in 2020, CLICK HERE.

Retire to a Community You Love by Ensuring it Matches Your Interests

By Senior Living

Deciding where to retire takes more consideration than opening a map, closing your eyes, and letting your finger be your guide. But no matter where you end up, your destination should put a smile on your face and a gleam in your eye, says Steve Gurney, founder of The Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook. “And the way to get that is by having a purpose in life,” he says. “Where we live should be a tool to make it easier to engage in this purposeful activity.”

To help you uncover what to look for in a retirement community, and to learn about 10 factors that could turn a city, town, or suburb into a retirement destination that meets your unique needs, CLICK HERE.

How to be a Long-Distance Caregiver for an Aging Parent

By Senior Living

Long-distance caregiving comes with its own unique challenges, whether you live an hour, a state line or even an entire continent away. As a caregiver for a parent, you’re responsible for the decisions that impact both their life and your own. The stress of this responsibility can be high, along with the guilt of feeling like there’s more you could do. Recent studies have shown that long-distance caregiving can mean spending an average of nearly $12,000 each year in care-related expenses. Yet despite the distance, however great it may be, you can still provide excellent support and compassion to ensure your loved ones enjoy a high quality of life.

Preparation is the key for this next stage of life, both for you and your loved one. To learn about long-distance caregiving tips meant to help make the transition into the role of caregiver for a parent a little easier, CLICK HERE.

Avoiding Isolation in Older Adults

By Health & Wellness

Deeply rooted in all human beings is a need for community. But did you know that lack of connection and social interaction is a health concern? According to research by AARP’s Connect2Affect initiative, 26% of adults over age 65 are at an increased risk of early death due to feelings of loneliness. One of the best steps to take to maintain seniors’ health is to foster existing social connections and develop new ones. But it’s not always simple.

To learn more about factors that contribute to social isolation among seniors and solutions to combat it, CLICK HERE.